Can we see a comparison between the Rachio 3 and 3e? I don’t seem to be able to find one.
I have the same exact question. Rachio’s website doesn’t show many details to see what’s the difference.
Looks like it is a Gen 2 controller within Gen 3 body.
Based on information I found on another forum (link), this is what people receive when they ask Rachio staff over the email:
The R3e Smart Sprinkler Controller offers a lower-priced entry point for customers looking for a weather-based smart sprinkler controller. The R3e lacks the following features available on the Rachio 3:
Weather Intelligence™ Plus
Future premium software features
Any wireless integrations
Looking at the list, it is still better to buy a Gen 2 controller because that one comes with a Flex Daily support, this is the best schedule type you can use with a Rachio controller since it can be customized to emulate the other schedule types and it is the only one which actively tracks your available water within each zone.
THIS IS UTTERLY RIDICULOUS Come on, Rachio! People should not have to speculate hither and yon about such things. @franz, can’t you guys get somebody to traightent his out? Should take what, 5- to 10-minutes?
Hey friends! Sorry for the delay here! Still working on getting our comparison page up but in the meantime, what @Gene shared is correct!
Rachio 3e is limited to 8 zones and does not have the following features:
- Weather Intelligence Plus
- Flex Daily schedules
- Yard Map feature
- HomeKit integration
- Future premium software features
- Any wireless integrations
Thank you @laura.bauman
You’re welcome @7Natives Always happy to answer any questions and concerns (and will try to respond faster this time )
To those who do not plan to use a Flex Daily schedule, and there are many who currently do not, 3e may offer a few key advantages over Gen 2. 5GHz support means it has a better compatibility with the modern mesh routers and better wire terminals mean fewer issues during installation / adjustments.
The most intriguing revelation is that someone at Rachio is perhaps working on “Future premium software features”, wonder what these may end up being.
Mmm maybe something that’ll convince me to get the 3 (hard target perhaps since I focus on watering fruit trees and native shrubs, not grass)!